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Happy Monday to all!  I walked onto our deck this morning and knew immediately something was different.It smelled like spring….It felt like spring….Oh please, Lord, can it finally be SPRING?And of course as soon as I smelt and felt and hoped for spring in the air, my energy surged and everywhere I looked I wanedt to tackle a project.  Organize the shop for my hubby while’s he’s gone this week and surprise him?  Sure!  Repaint the family room downstairs?  Sure!  Tackle the two new dressers I recently purchased?  Sure!  Finally finish hanging the window treatment in my bathroom?  Sure!Oh yeah, and make sure my kids get their homeschool done today?  Not so sure :)Only, there’s no way I can do all these things in one day, so hi-ho-…..hi-ho….it’s off to PRIORITIZING I go.  Before I began anything else, I worked on finishing this sleigh bed for a client named Melanie.  This piece took me…

One of those gorgeous Saturday mornings last summer, my sister and I hooked up for a rare, joint garage sale-ing adventure.  We both love to garage sale, but we don’t often indulge together.When we came across this little dresser, I tried to convince myself it was probably best left behind.Not only were all the little wooden buttons mismatched (this picture shows the dresser sporting brand new ones),the front molding had been poorly repaired and was barely hanging on.This dresser marks the first time I’ve removed a piece of molding on my lonesome, removed all the nails, hauled out our air compressor nailer, and nailed it back on correctly.No husband’s help or nuttin’.  Made me kinda feel like a rock star.But really, those two fixes weren’t the bulk of this dresser’s issues.  The drawers ~ all three of them ~ were downright wonky.I do not tackle wonky drawers on my lonesome.  In truth, I am scared to tackle wonky…

I wanted to share a little furniture journey with you involving my husband, his welder, some wood, and a certain inspiration picture.A couple weeks back, I came across an inspiration picture I’d ripped from a magazine years ago of this rustic coffee table I really liked.House BeautifulWith the ivory couches I planned to get for our living room, I thought a table like this would be a wonderful complement to the cleaner, softer look of the sofas. However, after pricing and checking for availability, especially considering the size I would need to fill the space, it wasn’t happening.So I settled for this little cutie when I saw it posted on Craigslist last year.And it’s been a good coffee table.But when my hubby happened to see my inspiration picture sitting on the counter the other day, he paused to look and remarked quite confidently, “I could build that.”To which I responded, “Really??”…

After the hustle and busy-ness of Christmas, it felt so good to bask in the quiet of painting again.  I worked on the cutest little rolltop desk for a client this week and just finished it yesterday.Someone had already attempted to paint this desk with spray paint but didn’t do a full coverage job.  There were also several drips from applying the paint too thick, so I had to sand it down to wood in several places.Because I planned to paint the desk with cream as a base coat, I wasn’t too worried about leaving paint residue behind, but I wanted to make sure my surfaces were smooth and ready to accept new paint evenly.After a thorough sanding with my mouse sander and by hand, I mixed up a chalk paint using 1 1/2 cups latex paint (Sherwin Williams Creamy), 1/2 Calcium Carbonate, and 1/4 c water.  I applied two…

In between math lessons, Chinese calligraphy, and writing assignments with my kids this week, I’m working on making some headway to finish our master bedroom.We painted the walls and trim two weeks ago, so Monday evening I finished painting the two doors to match the trim.  Sherwin Williams Alabaster White ~ it’s a beautiful white.  I almost want to say it has a creamy look, but it’s certainly not yellowish.  It’s the same white I used on our fireplace surround.Yesterday, though, I began the transformation of our two nightstands.  We’ve had these nightstands for years; I originally purchased them at a liquidation store in Soldotna.  I remember seeing them for the first time and thinking, “LOVE!”  Although I’ve been gradually moving away from this wood tone in our home, the shape still delights me:I didn’t bother to haul them to the garage for painting ~ just whipped out an old drop…

I just finished painting a little desk last night, and I’m sorry I don’t have before photos.  I hate not showing before pictures, mostly because I LOVE to see furniture Before & Afters and suspect most of you do too, but to tell you the truth, I jumped on this desk so quickly once I knew what I wanted to do that I simply didn’t take the time to photograph it before it was prepped and primed.Yes, I primed this one.  The old fashioned way.The original desk was that reddish/orange finish that literally crumbles away with the slightest sanding, which is fine…but this can often mean the old stain job/oils in the wood will potentially bleed through your paint.  After sampling one coat of chalk paint on a drawer my suspicion was confirmed, so I painted two coats of Farrow & Ball’s Blue Green on the drawers (I handmixed it into chalk paint…

Hi ya’ll ~ It’s taken me awhile to reveal my pink and yellow hutch because I’ve been waiting to complete an important detail, specifically this:See that moulding detail way up top?  Originally, I acquired this hutch with that piece missing, as you can see here.I knew I’d need help from Mr. Wonderful to cut a new piece of moulding for me.  He is such a sweetie.  Although he was gone for a week at a statewide firefighter’s conference, once he arrived home Saturday morning (the kids and I were still visiting family in Anchorage), he cut, fit and glued the moulding for me before I arrived home as a surprise.He learned long ago that anything furniture is my love language.I tell you, he’s a keeper.So just today I was able to finish distressing and aging the top piece to match the rest, and now it looks like it’s always been there.  So without…

I’m so close to finishing my latest piece and am eager to reveal the whole thing, but it’s missing a detail up top that’s rather important.  Trouble is, I’ve been waiting for Mr. Wonderful to help me with a compound angle cut because I’m too intimidated to try it on my own.His schedule’s been downright crazy with fishing trips to Valdez, hunting moose with our two boys, and back-to-back shifts at the fire station.  I’m hoping he’ll be up to a little woodworking after church tomorrow……A very little I promise, hon!Anyway, I snapped a couple pictures tonight because I just couldn’t take the wait anymore.  I’m eager to hear what you think of this piece.  Remember when I said last post I was feeling a little crazy?  Let me just say that once I got the yellow on… …a sudden surge of inspiration brought to mind this certain 1/2 yard of fabric I’d…

It’s late and I’m headed to bed, but I had to share with you a quick glimpse of the project I tackled tonight using my own homemade chalk paint.If this stuff is as good as it seems tonight, I could get very, VERY excited.Here’s the piece I’m working on:After removing all the hardware, washing it down well, and sanding only to smooth spots that were damaged from unidentifed sticky goo or chipped areas, I removed the free standing top from its lower cabinet & I went straight to painting over the shiny, stained surface with my chalk paint mixture.No primer or nuttin’.I don’t know off the top of my head what this color is (the can is still in my garage and I’m too tired to retrieve it) but it’s a deep yellow my sister used on her library table.  She gave me the leftovers and I knew I wanted…

Why is naming things after food such a comforting delight?I finished painting a French Provencal dresser last week.  When the time came to describe it online, I discovered that serving up a little Oatmeal for the body and French Roast for the top elevated this dresser from simply pretty to a warm mix of comfortable and yummy.  Would you agree?Because the top was not solid wood but composite, I opted to paint it dark brown to mimic a stained top.  I was apprehensive because brown can often look cheap and, well, like you’re trying to mimic a stained top.Which I was…. :-)The first brown I tried was too light, so I did the second coat in Behr’s French Roast (ha, see where I got the name?)  This time it was perfect:I love how rich it turned out.  I sealed the top with 2 coats Minwax Polyurethane in Satin and the bottom with WipeOn poly. …